Record temperatures close to 20 degrees in Alaska: ‘ridiculous’ | abroad

Record temperatures close to 20 degrees in Alaska: 'ridiculous' |  abroad

A temperature of 19.4°C was measured on Kodiak Island, Alaska, USA. The climate scientist sees the situation as “ridiculous”. He is afraid of harsh weather due to the humidity of the air.




The weather is almost summer in the US state of Alaska. Temperatures usually remain below freezing throughout the month, but have now risen significantly. This has serious consequences for the state’s weather: it is naturally dry, it rains and it snows in torrents.

Alaska temperatures are the highest ever in December. Rick Thoman of the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy thinks it’s ‘ridiculous’, he told the British newspaper Watchman. And it wasn’t just Kodiak that the temperatures were very high. Onalaska village readings are at least eight days in December with temperatures above 10°C. Christmas was also warm: With a 13.3 degree Celsius, Alaskans had the warmest Christmas ever.

Ismageddon

Thoman fears that rising temperatures will have a major impact on Alaskans as they change the rainfall pattern. Warm air and high humidity in Fairbanks caused the worst mid-winter storm since 1937. The air in Alaska is usually very dry because it’s cold in December, and when it rains it’s softer and powdery because the air is fine. Thoman said.


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The earth is getting warmer and wetter, and such weather is becoming more and more normal

Rick Thoman, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy

Now, the humid air has caused so much snow in Fairbanks in a short period of time that the roof of a store has collapsed. After the snow fell, it rained and covered entire areas with ice. Not only did this cause chaos and closures on the road, but it also caused the power supply to freeze. the Ismageddon It is also called by the locals.

The cold is now back in Fairbanks with a forecast of -28°C. Still, Thomann thinks we’ll continue to see warmer days in Alaskan winters in the coming years: that’s what we expect from a warming world. The earth is getting warmer and wetter, so such weather is becoming more and more normal. ”

A record temperature of 19.4°C was measured on Kodiak Island.


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